Adventure, whether physical or mental, implies, breaking into unpenetrated ground, venturing beyond the boundary of normal aptitude, extending oneself to the limit of capacity, courageously facing peril. Life without the chance for such exertions would be a dreary game scarcely bearable in its horrible banality.
Robert Marshal, 1901-1939
Having served students and staff while working in-town at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in Alaska for over 20 years, we are now exploring beautiful and inspiring wild places in North America, finishing our NOLS careers as field instructors by working a few courses a year.
“Unless commitment is made there are only promises and hope, but no plans”
Peter F Drucker
And we desire to be alert to where we can extend the Grace that God has wonderfully provided us.
Our travels are by sea kayak and on foot, carrying our lightweight backpacks. The goal: to hike and paddle, in sections, from the tip of Baja California, Mexico (Cabo) to the mouth of the Yukon River as it flows into the Bering Sea.
Sea kayak from Cabo to San Felipe.
Backpack or mule pack from San Felipe to the US border.
Backpack the Pacific Crest Trail from the US/Mexico border to the US/Canada Border.
Sea kayak north through SE Alaska from the Canada/US border on the Inland Passage to Skagway, Alaska.
Backpack out of Skagway into Canada on the Chilkkoot Trail.
Canoe the length of the Yukon River to its mouth on the Bering Sea.
Sea kayak the Inland Passage from Bellingham, Washington, north along Vancouver Island and on to the Canada/US border.
Backpack and packraft from the Chilkoot Trail to the headwaters of the Yukon River. Canoe down the Yukon River into the US.
What does it mean to hike and paddle, in sections? Thru hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail hike the entire length in one committed effort. We are breaking up our overall goal into sections.
“All the world was before me and every day was a holiday, so it did not seem important to which one of the world’s wilderness I first should wander”
Every day has been our favorite day!